Staff pick: Lydia Loveless a pop-obsessive at heart

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Almost more than anything, Lydia Loveless is a pop-obsessive at heart.

The singer-songwriter’s most recent album, the career-best Somewhere Else, includes one song that borrows a chord progression from Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams,” and works in a lyrical allusion to Tommy Tutone’s early ’80s hit “867-5309/Jenny.” She’s also covered Kesha (a cutting, weirdly affecting take on “Blind”), and cited the influence of Britney Spears in multiple interviews. Because of this, even the musician’s rowdiest numbers are anchored by foundation-strong melodies — sort of the way Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain could never quite shake his love of the Beatles when he set out to turn away the masses on In Utero.

Loveless and her band of merry noisemakers — bassist (and husband) Ben Lamb, guitarist Todd May, drummer Nick German, pedal steel player Jay Gasper and keyboardist Nate Holman — have spent much of the year on the road, and this Skully’s show doubles as both a homecoming celebration and (following a pair of weekend Illinois dates) the start of some much-needed time off. Don’t miss out.

Meghan Ralston photo

Skully's Music-Diner

8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3

1151 N. High St., Short North

skullys.org

ALSO PLAYING: Nick Tolford & Company, Bombadil